25 Sep 2018

UK boosts cyber security links following visit to Central America

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has returned from a visit to Chile, Mexico and Belize as part of efforts to boost cyber security links between the nations.

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster signed a letter of intent between the UK and Chile on cyber co-operation ensuring closer links in that sphere, during a visit that also took in Mexico and Belize.

He also attended a British-led cyber defence workshop that was jointly supported by the Ministry of Defence, Department for International Trade, National Cyber Security Centre and Government Communication Headquarters. He also visited a Chilean Peacekeeping School.

The Minister also met Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, reaffirming the special relationship and exploring how the UK and US can collaborate further in these fields.

Mr Lancaster also signed a treaty and memorandum of understanding concerning the status of UK forces in Belize, deepening the longstanding defence co-operation between the two nations.

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said: “Information technology provides a new and unconventional battlefield, with cyber-attacks increasing as modern warfare evolves and adapts.

“The UK will play a leading role in countering these threats, but I am delighted to see like-minded partners across the globe sharing this belief and taking steps to keep our people safe.”

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